As has been documented ad nauseam, BuzzFeed is, for the most part, a grotesque excuse for a news publication, with journalists at the New York TimesPoliticoGawker and many others doubting the legitimacy of the site that -- despite its critics -- never fails to garner clicks by appealing to individuals' boundless curiosity about their own selves.
I'm sorry to admit that I contributed one of those many self-indulgent clicks when the aforementioned "hookup quiz" appeared on my newsfeed. Out of primal, self-centered curiosity, I took the quiz, which -- among many bizarre questions -- asked me what my choice pizza topping would be, and provided a list of possible answers. I chose "exotic cheese" who knows what that means, but cheese is cheese, and cheese is always delicious.
Perhaps it was the "exotic" component of my answer, or perhaps it was my having chosen "a bar" as being the ideal spot for a date. Regardless, BuzzFeed's ultimate guess was hilariously high.
Alas, I was amused.
So, I copied the link and shared it with 10 friends male and female via Gchat, shamefully perpetuating the BuzzFeed click cycle. They each took the quiz and we compared results, all of which were pretty outlandish, with one friend receiving a score of hookups.
All of that, garnered from questions about pizza and sunset preferences?
It is my suspicion that these quizzes either have absolutely no legitimate basis whatsoever OR BuzzFeed has a top secret psychological researcher on staff who has pinpointed ways to reveal the innermost workings of the human psyche via images of dogs napping. But the really interesting part of this whole BuzzFeed quiz-taking experience came after we shared our ridiculous results, and when we then began to ask each other what our real-life results were.
First of all, it depends -- how is BuzzFeed defining 'hookup'? How do we, collectively, define one of the most pervasive terms of this generation? Conversations and headlines about today's "hookup culture" have inundated readers since aboutwith articles like this one in the New York Timesor this one in The Atlanticor this one in TIMEor this one in the Washington Post.
The list goes on.
You would think, by now, we'd at least have come to a consensus on what the term "hookup" means -- if not its moral implications. As I noted in a previous articlea hookup is, by definition, ambiguous.